Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sucker Punch (2011)

Who honors those we love for the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us and at the same time, sings that we'll never die? Who teaches us whats real, and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live, and what we'll die to defend. Who chains us, and who holds the key to set us free. It's you.

...deliciously atheistic sentiments, if ever there were any!  Well, they're certainly existentialist, but that's all besides the point..

The message was motivational, even if the movie wasn't.  Our minds are powerful.  We can control that power.  We can either take what comes at us passively, or we can be creative and do what we can to participate in the determination of any outcome, even when all that means is how we handle it.  The final words resonate with me:

You have all the weapons you need.

It's true.

Now fight!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

All Of The Lights

Turn up the lights in here, baby
You know what I need
Want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights


This song strikes a chord with me.  It isn't so much the the lyrical content, because I can barely relate to the verses, but the timbre of the instrumentation, layers of vocals, and the chorus all get to me.  They remind me of .. something.

For one thing, the song has the sort of bounce to it that you don't hear in the mainstream so much anymore.  It has an anthem-like quality, and is emotional.

And although lyrically, it doesn't reflect anything I'm going through right now, or have been going through for the past couple of years, it strikes a strong chord with me.  I get lost in it the way I used to get lost in music, in love, or in life.  It reminds me of when I used to feel passionately about things, and how I would get excited about things.  When I blast it, I remember that I really did used to feel alive, and not just like a zombie making my way about.  It wasn't a dream.  It was real.  I used to feel things.  I wasn't always this cold and dead inside.

I know I can't relive my naive youthfulness and be moved by people, music, and experiences the way I did when it was all new, but neither does that mean that I must continue to feel so empty.
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